2021-02-02 Net Minutes


Check-ins (34)

  • Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)
  • Bill Rose (K5WTR)
  • Don Ling (WB5CKO)
  • John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)
  • Joe Napoli (KG5SDF)
  • Avery McIntosh (N7ALM)
  • Randy Field (K5RLF)
  • Jeff McDowell (KI5CES)
  • Jim Snell (WA5PMO)
  • Jim Laird (KF5YY)
  • Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)
  • Rusty Adams (KI5MNH)
  • Ken Reeves (KE5FIV)
  • Ron Hambric (N5SBN)
  • Ralph Cobb (W5RYC)
  • Garrett Martin (W5HVS)
  • Phil Gates (N5ZKF)
  • Dick Zimmer (W5DZ)
  • Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)
  • Lance Smith (KI5ETF)
  • Mike Wisby (KA5HIA)
  • Dwayne Walters (W5DPW)
  • Harold Turbyfill (KG5SDG)
  • Mark Coppock (KG5PDT)
  • Tom Small (N1TOV)
  • Bennie Naiser (KA5TWB)
  • David Barry (KG5UZA)
  • James Rosser (AA5W)
  • Jeremy Carter (KF5YAA)
  • David Jarrett (K5AAJ)
  • Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)
  • Andrew Byorth (KG5JDJ)
  • Michael Narcowich (KI5BPO)
  • Joshua Bell (KI5JQD)

Officer Reports

President Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Upcoming Club Meeting: 2021-02-20 09:30
    • on the air and zoom
    • More details to follow
  • Amplifier now on KI5MMC
  • 20m is open
    • (National) Parks on-the-air
    • heard from W3PR from Puerto Rico; late Arecibo telescope
  • Get on the air!
    • Vermont QSO party
    • 10-10 International Winter SSB contest this weekend
    • Mexico RTTY International Contest
    • EU DX Contest
    • 2021-01-08 ARRL School Club Roundup
    • K3HWJ – Groundhog Day special event station this weekend
    • K5C – Space Shuttle Columbia
    • KD2FSI – Howard E. Anthony, founder of Heathkit Corp.

Vice-President Rick Pfeil (KI5DUJ)

  • ARRL Field Day 2021-06-26 and 2021-06-27
    • Looking to be at Brian Bachmann Park
    • May be abbreviated, but we will do something
  • Send ideas for (Zoom) presentations

Secretary Matthew Barry (KG5LYE)

  • Sorry I missed last net
  • Collaborating with Lorna for bookkeeping

Treasurer Lorna Flansburg (KI5FIZ)

  • Treasurer report:
    • Starting Balance: $5462.09
    • Income: $453
    • including ARRL memberships!
    • Disbursements: $94
    • Ending Balance: $5821.09
  • 23 membership renewals to date
    • Thanks to all who renewed, especially those who donated!

Additional info from Phil Gates (N5ZKF):

  • ARRL Membership Perks
    • club gets a kickback
    • 4 publications available
    • QST
    • QEX
    • Contest Journal
    • On the Air
    • Free legal advice

Announcements / Comments

Questions for conversation:

  1. Have you ever operated as a special event station?
  2. What was a memorable special event station that you worked?

Ron Hambric (N5SBN)

  • Brazos County ARES net on KD5DLW repeater after W5BCS net
  • Working with COVID-19 vaccination hub
    • 1250 vaccines / day Monday through Thursday
    • Please help elderly (65+ yrs) and at-risk register for the vaccine
  • Contact n5sbn@arrl.net for assistance and more info


  • Special thanks to Connor Farrell (WG1GEM) for help!
    • Connor heard Rusty’s radio test but wasn’t able to reply
    • so he looked him up on QRZ and sent a late report

Phil Gates (N5ZKF)

  • Special event station: Armed forces day
    • Camp Hearne
    • Worked people from all over the world
  • Would love to do something similar again
    • something historical in the area
    • maybe with W5AC

Information Exchange

John “Pocat” Walpole (K5ZY)

  • Spread-Spectrum for work
  • lots of networked repeaters and remotes
  • problem: nearby remotes were not working, but farther ones weren’t
  • TDR site analyzer helped figure it out
  • turns out the problem was bad coax… still not sure why

W5AC Report Connor Farrell (WG1GEM)

  • 2m repeater back up to normal transmit power after problem with amplifier

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